In Pindi, rain puddles always host to ‘something special’

Published: May 26, 2014
A view of a nullah in Railway SCheme 9. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A view of a nullah in Railway SCheme 9. PHOTO: EXPRESS


The roads once considered to be the best in Rawalpindi are now a clutter of potholes and raw sewage thanks to the choked drainage system. Sewers start overflowing during each spell of rain due to the indifference of the civic bodies.

“The other day while coming from Defence towards the district courts, I saw a depression at the end of the first lane of the security check post. I wonder how it escaped the eyes of the Cantonment Board,” asked Hussain Shehryar, a retired army official.

“Shah Khalid Colony Service Road has become a veritable nightmare for commuters and pedestrians. The road is flooded every time it rains,” says Hasrat Ali Khan, an area resident.

Sadaqat Hasan, who lives on Adiala Road, says, “The foul smell of sewage also engulfs our area. A number of people have fallen prey to the craters beneath the dirty water. I witnessed an open van loaded with fruit crates tumbling and causing a traffic jam for about 20 minutes.”

“Who wants to wade through sewage? Bigger vehicles can escape unscathed, but what if a cyclist or biker gets his shoe or purse lost in the murky depth? I witnessed a cyclist stumbling into a pit in Lalkurti, get up and then grope in the water for his wallet,” said Manzar Naqi from the Katarian Road.

“Several such scenes are witnessed on Saidpur Road, where rainwater makes the already choked sewage lines overflow, inundating the road. Despite the congestion, shopkeepers and stallholders continue to occupy the footpath and part of the road,” says Akbar Hussain Gilgiti.

“The traffic problem as well as the flooding of the road due to choked sewers has put a question mark on the kind of sanitation the civic body is trying to provide to residents. The civic bodies should be dragged into civil courts for failing to provide proper sanitation,” says Feroze Khan, who runs a school in Dhoke Hassu.

“Various civic amenities are missing from our locality, including water supply, drainage and streetlights. This step-motherly treatment being meted out to us must end,” says Muhammad Shoaib from Arya Mohallah.

“Residents of the oldest localities of the city are forced to live in unhygienic conditions. Since these areas are mainly inhabited by poor people, authorities are least bothered,” says Asghar Ali, a vegetable vendor.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Ashiq Hussain
    May 27, 2014 - 1:04AM

    Thanks for your attempt at awakening the civic bodies well before the start of monsoon season.
    These bodies need a much awaited over-hauling. I pray may Allah show them the right path and bestow them the sense of propriety to spend the funds where they are much needed.


  • Rehan Badshah
    May 27, 2014 - 11:06PM

    I’m just fed up with city authorities only paying attention to big issues and ignoring the issues that impact citizens on a daily basis.Recommend

  • Muhammad Umair
    May 27, 2014 - 11:15PM

    The blockages in the drains are not cleared for months and the people face the risk of contracting diseases.Recommend

  • H. Qureshi
    May 27, 2014 - 11:24PM

    The neglect of the municipal bodies sounds like a criminal matter.Recommend

  • Ahmad Kashir
    May 28, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Poorer areas of the city should have the same functioning sewer system as its posh areas. It is simply an act of environmental injustice.Recommend

  • Ayaz Kiani
    May 29, 2014 - 8:35PM

    City sewerage network has lacked maintenance over the years and overflow of raw sewage in open drains is a common sight all over the city.Recommend

  • Muhammad Usman
    May 29, 2014 - 9:08PM

    Long term improvement of city infrastructure, of which sewer line is only one; should be given more importance than the short term concerns of developers.Recommend

  • Naz Ali
    May 29, 2014 - 9:19PM

    To what extent the households in the city are connected to sewerage system can be seen in our Afzal Colony, where no sewer line exists and every newly built house builds its own sewer line in front of the house thus giving the waste water way to the open space next to the house.Recommend

  • Khawaja Asim Hussain
    May 30, 2014 - 9:28AM

    Proper waste water management is quite essential for a better environment.Recommend

  • Anika Ali
    May 30, 2014 - 10:01AM

    New colonies around the city are emerging without any proper planning. There has been enormous growth of individual houses getting converted into plazas cum apartments. As a result, the growth in infrastructure is not matching the growth in residential houses and ever increasing demand for basic amenities. The municipal officials should at least enforce planning regulations strictly in the newly coming up colonies.Recommend

  • Rafik Mughal
    May 31, 2014 - 8:06AM

    The delay in laying sewer pipelines has irked residents of the colonies surrounding Gharibabad so much that they have begun connecting their drains to the incomplete sewer lines.


  • Nadiya Shah
    Jun 1, 2014 - 2:03PM

    Lack of vision and indifference among the civic bodies’ officials one day may virtually drive the government towards privatization of municipal services.


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